#IWSG March

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

The awesome co-hosts for the March 4 posting of the IWSG are Jacqui Murray, Lisa Buie-Collard, Sarah Foster, Natalie Aguirre, and Shannon Lawrence!

March 4 optional question — Other than the obvious holiday traditions, have you ever included any personal or family traditions/customs in your stories?

I think my own life sneaks its way into my stories. I enjoy using snippets of my life and then spinning them. Some of my closest friends recognize some events.

I find “ordinary” things that happen interesting. Even as a young girl I was fascinated with asking my pen pals the way their family did things. Birthdays, weddings, etc.

I’m in Charge of Celebrations is a book by Byrd Baylor I read in college. We had to write about a normal activity we did that we could make a celebration as a writing extension for the read-aloud. I wrote about letter writing. I have been an avid letter writer during my childhood and it was always joyous when envelopes came in the mail.

Christmas Eve was a magical time hosted by my maternal grandmother. She made every day things special. Lunches, hot chocolate, cookouts outside — everything. Those elements often end up in stories. Dinner at my grandmother’s was a regular Sunday occurrence. The dinners in my stories are based on those memories. The places I have gone with my grandparents also become starters for descriptions of setting.

But it is part of who I am and therefore it comes through in my stories.

7 thoughts on “#IWSG March

  1. What an amazing idea you had to start this group for insecure writers. We are a very self-critical bunch, aren’t we? 🙂 Always failing to see what others can readily see. We are very peculiar! Thank you for being such an encouragement to the writing community. We need all the support we can get.

    I found your post to be endearing. I too enjoyed asking pen pals to share details about the way they lived, their family traditions, etc. It was always a pleasure getting to know a different way of thinking. What a world of possibilities it can open up!

    Sending my very best to you and wishing you nothing but future success! ♥


  2. Love that book of Byrd Baylor and had The Way to Start a Day as my always-featured title in my classroom. I am so sorry that letter-writing has become so rare. Think about those letters that soldiers wrote home from war. Having an audience that is glad to hear from you, that you make happy…that’s what I think about writing letters. In our hearts, we’re all insecure writers. That’s what another blogger was writing about today, too. Thanks for writing this!

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  3. Letter writing indeed. Will you be my pen pal. I love to send postcards and greeting cards by snail mail, writing them, choosing them and … receiving them. We lose immediacy, but I feel like Jane Austen writing to her sister or brother. Magic. Have an inspiring April.

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